By treating patients in their homes, Cambridge paramedics are saving Â£300 for every short-term hospital admission they avoid. To make the right decisions, non-emergency ambulance teams in Cambridge have been given BlackBerrys so they can access information fast.
Paramedics are using the mobile messaging devices to access social records, so they can see if a patient has any allergies, find out which medication they are taking or get details of their next-of-kin.
Alan Shields, ICT development manager for Cambridgeshire County Council says “In essence it’s based on saving money. If we can save an A&E patient going to hospital by going to their house, paramedics can call someone round to the patient and safely leave them.”